Giving Thanks – Today and Everyday

So it’s been about two months since I last posted. I didn’t intend to actually let it go this long between posts, but sometimes life just gets away from me. Those with kids and families and jobs will understand. Life gets chaotic and we often get caught up in the day to day of it all and don’t often take the time to do everything we want to do.

Not much has changed in the last two months. We did get an appointment at Children’s Mercy hospital for Wyatt that will be in January. The appointment will last 3 hours and it will tell us exactly where on the spectrum Wyatt is. It’s a step in the process, but really I don’t feel like it’s going to tell us very much that we don’t already know. Still progress is progress and that is always good. Kenzie on the other hand continues to excel at everything she does. She’s got quite a few words already and will no doubt soon be putting them together to make short sentences. While Wyatt tends to lag behind, she soars forward.

So that’s the updates on the kids, now on to the real reason for my post. Last Sunday I was able to make it to church. Hurrah! In our sacrament meeting (that’s the first hour where we renew our covenants) we sang a song that really just stuck with me. I had sang it many times before, but it had never really jumped out at me until Sunday. The hymn is call Count Your Blessings. So that part that really got me was these lines: “Count your blessings; Name them one by one.”. It got me thinking about what blessings I had in my life. I know that I am blessed and when asked I can usually come up with one or two blessings in my life.

This time of year though that just doesn’t seem to be enough. This time of year where we spend time with our families and our friends and give thanks for all that we have it didn’t seem like enough to just come up with one or two blessings as if they were just a simple stock answer. So I started to think about my blessings, I started listing them out in my head – naming them – as I thought about writing this post. My blessings are numerous, endless really and naming them only makes it so much more apparent how much I have to be thankful for.

It might seem simple or silly even to list out blessings, but for someone like me who struggles with so much on a daily basis I’ve found that if I make even a short list in my head about the blessings I have – or try to find a blessing that I was given that day it helps me feel connected to my God.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving I will list out a handful of my blessings and I will challenge each and every one of you to come up with a list yourself. Obviously I can’t make you, but just spend a few minutes thinking about why you’re truly thankful this year. Don’t just do it today though – today it is easy to give thanks, to come up with your reasons and your blessings – keep doing it each and every day. As you go to work or school or you stay at home with your kids, name your blessings. Name them one by one and even try to find what you have to be thankful for that day. As I’ve learned with Wyatt, naming the thing gives it so much more power. If something is already a blessing in our life that is powerful all in itself, but it we were to give it a name, if we were to call attention to it each and everyday just think how powerful it could become.

Warning some of these will no doubt feel very common, but as I said – naming them gives them more power.

  1. I am in generally good health
  2. I am married to my best friend
  3. I have two beautiful, unique and healthy children
  4. I have a job that I love to do that is capable of supporting my family
  5. I have a warm apartment to live in
  6. I have food in my fridge and pantry
  7. I had enough money to go see a movie with my husband for the first time in months
  8. My son now calls me “mom”
  9. My daughter doesn’t have OCA and as far as we can tell is not delayed in any aspect of her development
  10. I have a few wonderful friends that feel more like family than mere friends
  11. I have managed to pay off about half of the debt that I’m in
  12. My son can now put three to four words together in one sentence

These are simply only a few of my many blessings, I am so thankful for the blessings in my life, I am so thankful for everything that I have been given and I hope each and every one of you that reads this had a very happy Thanksgiving.

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